Gareth Myatt verdict

The inquest into the death of Gareth Myatt has returned a verdict of accidental death.

The answers (pdf) to the questions that the jury was asked to consider are worth reading: they make it quite clear that the Youth Justice Board and Rebound, the company running the prison, bear heavy responsibility.

We can only wonder what would happen to any parent who ‘restrained’ a child (no matter how delinquent) to a point where he died and just how the government can even consider extending the use of restraint on children in prison. This isn’t about youth justice. It’s about child protection and the fundamental right to life.

The Childminder has more to say.

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